Zion has always represented the pure in heart and is the antithesis of "Babylon" or the world. Church members are encouraged to leave Babylon and to contribute to the creation of a Christ-centered Zion.
"Under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith, early members of the church attempted to establish the center place of Zion in Missouri, but they did not qualify to build the holy city." The Lord said their failure was base on their disobedience, evil tendencies, disunity and reluctance to give of their means to the poor.
"Zion is Zion because of the character, attributes and faithfulness of her citizens ... If we would establish Zion in our homes, branches, ward and stakes, we must rise to (a Zion standard). It will be necessary to become unified in one heart and one mind, to become ... a holy people and to care for the poor and needy with such effectiveness that we eliminate poverty among us. We cannot wait until Zion comes for these things to happen. Zion will come only as they happen."
Materialism is a manifestation of idolatry and pride. "In much of the world, we are entering upon unsettled economic times. Let us look after one another the very best we can."